Friday, July 10, 2015

What students think of me

In the last week of school I  had my 3rd graders write 3 words to describe me.  They could be positive or negative.  It was part of a way that they could evaluate me.  Some wrote more than 3.  Some wrote things like "He is funny when he gets confused."  I counted "funny" and "confused."  Many wrote "nice" and "mean" together.  I put them in a word cloud.  Here is how it looks:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Coffee review: Equal Exchange Organic Mind, Body, & Soul

I love coffee. It makes bad days tolerable. It redeems Mondays. And it, along with free donuts, keeps people from sneaking out of church early.

So why not post coffee reviews? I am hardly qualified, but when I read reviews of coffee, wine, and cigars, I get the stubborn feeling that all the critics are just blowing smoke (and not just literally with the cigars!)

So here's my first review of a coffee I picked up from a donut shop at a moribund mall.  The coffee an medium roast organic blend from Equal Exchange called "Mind, Body, & Soul."  The coffee I am sampling is ground into medium-coarse grains.

The first thing I noticed is the aroma which is somewhat floral. Maybe all coffee smells like that and I've just never given it any thought. Overall, it's a pleasant smell and not too overbearing.

The first sip was powerful and bitter. It got better after that. The floral aroma carried over and the more I drank, the better it tasted.

The package describes itself as "creamy with chocolate notes."  Creamy, yes, after the first couple of sips.  And honestly, I have never been good at picking out chocolate flavors in coffee.

(The cup I'm drinking from is a two handled mug from Mystic Monk, by far my favorite brand. Believe it or not, the two handles do increase the already amazing experience of drinking coffee.)

It is obvious that the folks at Equal Exchange are socially conscious, but like most companies, they probably look the other way at times. I'm sure they waste fuel somewhere, leave the lights on, and ignore that one employee who runs the cockfighting ring on Friday nights.

Overall, I give this coffee 3 of 5 double-handled mugs.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Several events have coincided in the past week: the release of Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology, _Ladato si_, I attending a workshop on conservation science and education, and a report that toxic waste dumped in a river near my home years ago coincides with unusual cancer rates. I can help but think there is something providential in the timing of all three.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Reading

Here's some of what I've been reading this summer.  I've finished the first 8, still on the last 3.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Know and forget not thyself

Anis Mojgani - "Shake the Dust"

Speak every time you stand so you do not forget yourself
Do not let one moment go by that doesn't remind you
That your heart beats 100,000 times every single day
And that there are enough gallons of blood
To make everyone of you oceans

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sea turtles!

If you live in the Corpus Christi area, head out tomorrow morning to see the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatching release. It is estimated to be around 6:45 am at Padre Island National Seashore. For more information call the Hatchling Hotline at 361-949-7163 or visit the Facebook page.

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